Recovery can be pretty straightforward - you take medicine, you sleep, you wait. But sometimes getting back on your feet requires a radical act. The stories in this show are about those acts: people who have to do something surprising in order to recover.
This week on State of the Human, people are changing radically in order to recover. They are learning about interior decoration for home recovery, how to get by in the emergency room, how to let go of a loved one, and how to trade broken legs for a set of hooves.
Producers: Rachel Hamburg and Xandra Clark
Host: Sophia Paliza
Featuring: Zubair Ahmed, Ryoko Hamaguchi, Lucas Loredo, Carlos Loredo, Nina Foushee, and Greg Wrenn
Story 1: I Thought I Would Be an Angel of Compassion
Ryoko Hamaguchi is a premedical student at Stanford who spent much of last year volunteering in the emergency room. She thought she would find it easy to feel compassionate for her patients, but then she discovered something that plagues many medical professionals and first response teams: being a witness to suffering is hard. This is called "compassion fatigue", and this story is about how Ryoko learned to deal with it.
Featuring: Ryoko Hamaguchi
Producer: Xandra Clark
Music: Steffen Basho-Junghans, Podington Bear, Nic Bommarito, Matt Baldwin, Gillicuddy, Augustus Bro and Gallery Six, The OO-Ray, Candlegravity, Alright lover
How do you help someone recover when they can't remember who you are, or what you're doing to help them? Nina Foushee brings us this story, from the Mental Health Ward of the Menlo Park Veteran's Hospital.
Written by: Nina Foushee
Producer: Sophia Paliza
Music: Waylong Thornton, Stella Wahlstrom, Dexter Monday, Johnny Ripper
This poem, by Stanford Jones lecturer Gregg Wrenn, features a character who takes the idea of "radical recovery" to the extreme. He's tried all sorts of ways to become a new man, and he's got one last idea left: stop being a man; stop being a human; become something else entirely.
Zubair Ahmed discusses the difficult transition when he and his family moved from the capital of Bangladesh to a small town in Texas. His recovery from that transition was kind of an accident. It involved a gift that he didn't quite know he had, until he was getting requests from publishing houses.
The Storytelling Project is supported by the Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts, the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Stanford Introductory Studies, Stanford Continuing Studies, and the Program in Writing and Rhetoric.